Hanan Hadžajlić: Requiem Ex Machina
for six amplified voices (2022/23) GP
Jug Marković: NULA Music
for six voices (2022) GP
Ana Pandevska: Electroacoustic mantra From Ex YU to EU
for soprano, mezzo soprano and fixed media (2023) GP
Nina Perović: Penetrations III
for six vocals and electronics (2022/23) GP
Petra Strahovnik: SCREAdoM
for five voices, sound installation and electronics (2023) GP
Helena Skljarov: The Blue Giraffe
for five voices, electronics, and video (2023) GP
Six composers from the six republics of the former Yugoslavia have dealt with the effects of the Balkan wars, which continue to shape the societies of their home countries to this day–and which are once again coming depressingly close to European consciousness. With different approaches to the subject matter, they unfold darkly grotesque scenarios: a clash of the most diverse prayer practices, an ironic commentary on the exorbitant inflation in disintegrating Yugoslavia, a mantra-like invocation of future happiness in the bosom of the EU, an impressive recreation of physical and psychological violence, and an illusionless fairy tale about dominance and demarcation. With the encounter of vocal art and experimental electronics, the six artists succeed in making a strong, sound-intensive, gripping statement.
Premiered at and co-produced with Music Biennale Zagreb.
Funded by Musikfonds e.V. by means of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.